Bilal Haider is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University (January 2016–present). He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in cell and structural biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in neurobiology from Yale University, and postdoctoral training at University College London.
Haider’s research seeks to define cellular mechanisms in the cerebral cortex that underlie sensory perception and behavior. He has focused much of his research in the visual system, where he has determined how changes in arousal and behavioral state impact the representation of visual information. His graduate work focused on a wide variety of intracellular and extracellular electrophysiological studies that determined the dynamic nature of cortical activity in vivo. His postdoctoral work developed methods to extend study of cortical circuits and single-neuron synaptic inputs to awake, behaving animals. A consistent theme of his research has been to combine these electrophysiological studies in vivo with sophisticated computational analysis in order to gain mechanistic and quantitative insight about cortical circuit function. These themes will be directly relevant for the current research proposal investigating the cortical circuit basis of sensory processing and visual perceptual impairments in models of autism spectrum disorder.
Haider has received several prestigious awards, including the National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Neuroscience. His work has been published in leading journals, including Nature, Nature Neuroscience and Neuron, and his accomplishments have been highlighted in the New York Times.